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Economics and Finance|College of Business

Graduate Program Frequently Asked Questions

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What materials need to be sent to the department? - Top
We prefer that you upload all required documents to your online application.  If you do sent documents, please send the three letters of recommendation, GRE or GMAT scores, TOEFL or IELTS scores, transcripts, and statement of purpose directly to the Department of Economics and Finance.  If accepted into the program, you will need to submit official test scores and transcripts to the UW Admissions Office.

How many graduate students are currently enrolled?
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In our 2014-2015 academic year, we have 28 PhD students and 18 master's students.
Who receives assistantships?
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Most of our PhD candidates receive full assistantships.  Some MS students receive assistantships and scholarships.
What are the total fees and tuition?
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Click here for the total tuition and fees for the academic year.
What is the completion time for a PhD or masters?
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On average, it takes four to five years to complete your PhD and three to four semesters to complete a masters degree.

What is UW's ETS code?
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The code for the GRE is 4855 to send to the University of Wyoming and 1801 to send it to the Economics and Finance department.  The code for the GMAT is SHN-OR-04 for MS Econ, SHN-OR-82 for MS Fin, and SHN-OR-90 for Dual MS.
Can the TOEFL be waived?
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The University of Wyoming requires international graduate applicants provide proof of satisfactory English ability if student’s native language is not English.  This can be done by providing official score reports from TOEFL or IELTS.  The minimum acceptable TOEFL score is 540 (76 iBT).  The minimum acceptable IELTS score is 6.5. Contact Admissions ( to inquire about other possible alternatives to the TOEFL and IELTS.

Can the GMAT scores be taken in place of GRE?
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The GMAT can take the place of the GRE for MS Finance applicants. The GRE is required for all Economics applicants.
What are the minimum required test scores on the GRE and GMAT?
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The required test scores for the GRE are 310 for admission to the PhD program and 300 for admission to the MS program.  The required GMAT score for admission to the MS Finance program is 550.  See the admissions website for TOEFL requirements.  Note that the minimum test requirement does not guarantee admission to the program.
Can I apply for spring semester?
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We do not accept PhD applicants for the spring semester.  MS students are able to start in the spring under approval by the selection committee and graduate director.
What is the deadline for Fall 2015 admission?
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February 15, 2015.
What is the amount of taxes that will be taken out of my stipend?
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For domestic students the Payroll Office will calculate how much tax will be withheld based on the information each individual has given them such as number of deductions, dependents, etc.  International students need to contact the tax office at 307-766-2821307-766-2821 due to the different IRS regulations.

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